Articles tagged "young adult"

Day’s YA – WICKED SAINTS

Happy Friday, YA pals!

My latest pick is a dark, gothic-inspired fantasy that had me hooked from the first chapter.

WICKED SAINTS by Emily A. Duncan
9781250195661
Available April 2, 2019 from Wednesday Books
Ages 13 to 18

My name is Nadezhda Lapteva, she thought. I am from the monastery in the Baikkle Mountains. I am a cleric of the divine. I am here to kill the king and end this war.
She would bring this country to its knees.”

Meet the last living Kalyazi cleric with the ability to communicate with the gods, Nadya. She is strong, smart, and her unique power is key to defeating her nation’s enemy (the Tranavians) and their evil blood magic.

Meet Tranavian blood mage and Nadya’s biggest enemy, Malachiasz. He is monstrous, beautiful, and a little bit broken.

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Day’s YA – ECHO NORTH

Happy Friday, YA librarians!

Spring is around the corner (or so they say…), but the setting in this fairy tale retelling is as frigid as they come. Bundle up!

ECHO NORTH by Joanna Ruth Meyer
9781624147159
Ages 14 And Up
Available now from Page Street Kids

As a child, Echo Alkaev was brutally attacked by a wolf. Her scars from that day have made her an outcast, but Echo, ever the bookseller’s daughter, has always been able to find comfort in reading . . . until the day her father disappears and is presumed dead. Six months later, Echo finds him half-frozen in the woods, guarded by the very same wolf who scarred her years ago.

In exchange for her father’s freedom, Echo agrees to live with the wolf but to never look at him between midnight and dawn. During her year in captivity, Echo cares for the wolf’s magical castle, explores the enchanted library, and inevitably grows closer to the wolf. Those familiar with East of the Sun, West of the Moon will recognize the trope, but Meyer puts her own spin on it (#nospoilers).

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2019 Audie Award Winners

Congratulations to our 2019 Audie Winners!

Winner Thriller/Suspense: CRIMSON LAKE by Candice Fox

Winner Young Adult: SADIE by Courtney Summers

Adult Books for Teens

Booklist and School Library Journal have deemed these adult books to be great for teens . . . and we agree!

I.M. by Isaac Mizrahi
Also available in audio
Isaac Mizrahi is sui generis: designer, cabaret performer, talk-show host, a TV celebrity. He’s a pop culture icon unlike any fashion designer of recent memory, just as likely to be recognized walking down Main Street USA as Madison Avenue NYC. Yet ever since he shot to fame in the 1980s, the private Isaac Mizrahi has remained under wraps. Until now.

“A good choice for teens interested in the fashion industry, and those striving to realize their creative passion, establish an identity, or understand their sexuality.” —Booklist, YA Interest

MOTHER COUNTRY by Irina Reyn
Award-winning author Irina Reyn explores what it means to be a mother in a world where you can’t be with your child. MOTHER COUNTRY is Irina Reyn’s most emotionally complex, urgent novel yet. Hopeful and full of humor, it is a story of mothers and daughters and, above all else, resilience.

“YAs will sympathize with teen Larisska’s simmering resentment about her perceived abandonment, and appreciate her struggles with a challenging disease.” —Booklist, YA Interest

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Teen Talk (2/25/2019 Edition)

Hello, YA librarians!

Check out our latest & greatest YA titles from the past two months, then join us on Twitter today at 2:30pm EST for Early Word YA Galley Chat (hashtag: #ewgcya) and tell us what you’ve been reading & loving!

ENCHANTÉE by Gita Trelease
9781250295521
Ages 12 to 18

Also available in audio
Love. Magic. Revolution. It’s CARAVAL in the world of Marie Antoinette! ENCHANTÉE is Gita Trelease’s lush and imaginative debutfantasy about an impoverished girl who must use magic to impersonate an aristocrat in Versailles to provide for her sister as her own political awakening forces her to choose sides in the French Revolution.

“Distinctive characters, vivid 18th-century images of Paris and Versailles, lively French-infused dialogue, an appealing heroine, and an upbeat ending propel this lengthy romantic fantasy.” —School Library Journal, starred review

“An immersive, glittering debut that intriguingly blends history and fantasy.”
Booklist

THE DYSASTERS by P.C. Cast & Kristin Cast
9781250141040
Ages 12 to 18

Also available in audio
Foster Stewart and Tate Taylor are special—between the two of them, they can talk to plants, control the clouds, and see perfectly in the darkest night. But when a deadly tornado strikes and awakens their true abilities—the power to control the element air—they must stop the evil Dr. Stewart (who genetically manipulated them at birth and also happens to be Foster’s father) before he destroys their lives and the world.

“This sci-fi romance offers a diverse cast and an action-packed plot.” —School Library Journal

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Day’s YA – YOU’D BE MINE

Happy Friday, YA pals!

It might be cold and dreary outside, but this sweet and summery romance is sure to brighten your day!

YOU’D BE MINE by Erin Hahn
9781250192882
Ages 14 to 18
Available April 2, 2019 from Wednesday Books

Clay is a bad boy rockstar. Annie is country music royalty. Will they survive the summer together?

Clay will be dropped by his label unless he can convince Annie to join his tour. Annie agrees (who can say no to the charming Clay?) and proceeds to spend her summer riding tour busses and playing sold out stadium shows by Clay’s side. Thrown into this heated mix is the romance the two have been asked to fake… But as this witty and charming duo are faking their way into their fans’ hearts, will they also find their way into each other’s?

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Spring 2019 YA Romance Roundup

Valentine’s Day might be over, but it’s always a good day for a little romance! Check out these sweet & steamy YA / NA romances coming from Wednesday Books and Flatiron Books this spring!
And keep an eye out for the green download button! If you’re not whitelisted (pre-approved) on Edelweiss for our e-galleys, you can follow these directions to get the process started!

TIN HEART by Shivaun Plozza
Available March 12, 2019 from Flatiron Books
Marlowe just wants her life to go back to normal after having a heart transplant, but her mother is a self-proclaimed vegan warrior and now Marlowe is falling for the hot butcher’s apprentice next door. Marlowe’s “normal” might be a little more complicated than she bargained for…
“Funny and direct, this book by Plozza is capable of balancing heartbreak, first love, mortality, and the absurd.” —Publishers Weekly, starred review

YOU’D BE MINE by Erin Hahn
Available April 2, 2019 from Wednesday Books
Annie Mathers is America’s country music sweetheart. Clay Coolidge is a superstar and a troublemaker. The two find themselves playing a summer tour together where they must discover: Can the right song and the perfect summer on the road make two broken hearts whole?
“[The] romance is well-plotted and sweetly drawn: Readers (particularly those listening to the recent A Star is Born soundtrack on repeat) will delight in the story’s rhythm and musical backdrop . . . a good ol’ fashioned love story.”
Kirkus Reviews

THIS IS NOT A LOVE SCENE by S.C. Megale
Available May 7, 2019 from Wednesday Books
A funny and irreverent #ownvoices YA romance about eighteen-year-old Maeve who has muscular dystrophy and who is also an average teen girl trying to figure out high school and first love with the hot guy starring in her senior film project.

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January YA Sweepstakes

We’ve made it to the end of January and we want to share all of our January YA releases with TWO lucky librarians!

To enter, head to our Instagram (@Macmillan_Lib) and find the below photo. (You can also click on the photo below to be taken directly there.) Once you’re there, you’ll fin all of the information on how to enter!

Titles included in the sweepstakes:
THE GILDED WOLVES by Roshani Chokshi
A HOPE MORE POWERFUL THAN THE SEA (Young Readers’ Edition) by Melissa Fleming
WHITE STAG by Kara Barbieri
IN PARIS WITH YOU by Clémentine Beauvais

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Teen Talk (1/24/2019 Edition)

Hello, YA librarians!

Sorry we missed #ewgcya today… We’re in Seattle drinking all the coffee and making sure our booth is ready for all of our librarian friends attending Midwinter this week! We hope you had a great chat! Here’s our new YA from the past two months — let us know what you’ve been reading & loving lately!

THE GILDED WOLVES by Roshani Chokshi
9781250144546
Ages 12 to 18

Paris, 1889: In this city, no one keeps tabs on secrets better than treasure-hunter and wealthy hotelier, Séverin Montagnet-Alarie. But when the all-powerful society, the Order of Babel, seeks him out for help, Séverin is offered a treasure that he never imagined: his true inheritance. To find the ancient artifact the Order seeks, Séverin will need help from a band of experts. Together, they’ll have to use their wits and knowledge to hunt the artifact through the dark and glittering heart of Paris.

“Chokshi shines as a master storyteller.” —Booklist, starred review

“An opulent heist adventure that will leave readers voracious for more.”
Kirkus Reviews, starred review

“A delectably intriguing adventure for all teen shelves.” —School Library Journal, starred review

“Evocative writing, sumptuous set pieces, and vividly sketched, authentically flawed characters distinguish this immersive tale of found family and star-crossed romance.” —Publishers Weekly, starred review

A HOPE MORE POWERFUL THAN THE SEA (Young Readers’ Edition) by Melissa Fleming
9781250311429
Ages 10 to 17

A HOPE MORE POWERFUL THAN THE SEA chronicles the life of Doaa Al-Zamel, a Syrian girl whose life was upended in 2011 by the onset of her country’s brutal civil war. When Doaa’s boat to Europe is struck and begins to sink, Doaa stays afloat on a small inflatable ring and clutches two little girls—barely toddlers—to her body. She must stay alive for them. She must not lose hope.

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Day’s YA – TIN HEART

Happy Friday, YA librarians!

My latest pick is chock-full of heart, wit, & just the right amount of absurdity.

TIN HEART by Shivaun Plozza
9781250312761
Ages 12 to 18
Available March 12, 2019 from Flatiron Books

After seventeen-year-old Marlowe undergoes a life-saving heart transplant, all she wants to do is start living a normal life and thank her donor’s family. But her life was never normal and her donor’s family has no interest in hearing from her. After Marlowe’s letters of gratitude are rejected, she takes on a fake name and befriends Carmen, whom she believes is her donor’s sister. On top of all of that, Marlowe, the daughter of a self-proclaimed Vegan warrior, is falling for the butcher’s son! (#SCANDAL) Could her life get any more complicated? Probably.

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